Very Large Cliques are Easy to Detect

Authors Alexander E. Andreev, Stasys Jukna

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Alexander E. Andreev
Stasys Jukna

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Alexander E. Andreev and Stasys Jukna. Very Large Cliques are Easy to Detect. In Complexity of Boolean Functions. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 6111, pp. 1-7, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2006)


It is known that, for every constant $kgeq 3$, the presence of a $k$-clique (a complete subgraph on $k$ vertices) in an $n$-vertex graph cannot be detected by a monotone boolean circuit using fewer than $Omega((n/log n)^k)$ gates. We show that, for every constant $k$, the presence of an $(n-k)$-clique in an $n$-vertex graph can be detected by a monotone circuit using only $O(n^2log n)$ gates. Moreover, if we allow unbounded fanin, then $O(log n)$ gates are enough.
  • Clique function
  • monotone circuits
  • perfect hashing


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